Top Dragan Bender News

  • Dragan Bender: Going overseas

    Bender has signed a contract to play in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Nemanja Zoric reports.

    Bender saw action with both Milwaukee and Golden State in 2019-20, averaging 6.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 17.9 minutes. However, there was going to be little interest for Bender in the NBA after four underwhelming campaigns. As a result, he's opted to go overseas, where he should see a bigger role.

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  • Warriors' Dragan Bender: Pops for 23 points in loss

    Bender totaled 23 points (8-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes during Tuesday's 131-107 loss to the Clippers.

    A lot fell into place for Bender, allowing him to compile his best game of the season. The Warriors were already without a number of players and lost Juan Toscano-Anderson (ankle) to injury after less than a minute. The game then transitioned into garbage time, which afforded Bender plenty of run down the stretch. Based on what we have seen over the past few weeks, this is likely an outlier, and there is no need to rush out and add Bender anywhere outside of the deepest formats.

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  • Warriors' Dragan Bender: Re-ups with Golden State

    Bender re-signed Thursday with the Warriors on a second 10-day contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Bender briefly hit the open market after his original 10-day deal expired Tuesday, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr noted earlier in the week that he was interested in retaining the big man. Golden State was ultimately able to find a spot on the roster for Bender for another week and a half after he impressed in his initial trail with the club. Over his first six games with Golden State, Bender averaged 7.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 three-pointers in 23.3 minutes, though he shot only 36.7 percent from the field.

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  • Warriors' Dragan Bender: Contract expires

    Bender's 10-day contract with the Warriors expired Tuesday, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

    The Warriors got a nice sample size from Bender's 10-day contract, as he appeared in six games. In 23.3 minutes per contest, he averaged 7.5 points on 8.2 shots, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Slater reports that the Warriors aren't planning to immediately re-sign Bender to another 10-day, instead prioritizing flexibility.

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  • Warriors' Dragan Bender: Coming off bench

    Bender will return to a reserve role in Tuesday's tilt against the Nuggets, Wes Goldberg of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    The Warriors have opted to go with a smaller lineup, so Bender will come off the bench as a result. Still, the team only has nine healthy players, so he figures to see plenty of run off the bench.

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  • Warriors' Dragan Bender: Starting Tuesday

    Bender is in the starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the Lakers, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

    With Andrew Wiggins (back) out, Bender will earn his first start as a Warrior this season. The forward is currently averaging 3.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in nine appearances.

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  • Warriors' Dragan Bender: Plays 20 minutes in debut

    Bender tallied six points (2-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists and a block in 20 minutes during Sunday's 115-101 loss to the Pelicans.

    Bender was solid enough in his Warriors debut that he could at least be a regular rotational piece moving forward. The team was without a number of players for this one, which certainly opened up playing time for its newest member. Bender has shown glimpses of what he's capable of during limited playing time this season; should he work his way into a bigger role, Bender could have some deep-league value moving forward.

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  • Warriors' Dragan Bender: Could be set for extended minutes

    Bender is expected to play at both power forward and center Sunday against New Orleans, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Sunday will mark the Warriors debut for Bender, who began the year in Milwaukee but played sparingly and was a frequent DNP-CD. The Warriors will have only nine available players, with both Draymond Green and Marquese Chriss unavailable up front.

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  • Warriors' Dragan Bender: Available Sunday

    Bender officially signed a 10-day contract with the Warriors and will be available for Sunday's game against the Pelicans, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

    The 22-year-old was waived by the Bucks prior to the All-Star break, but he was able to latch on to a new team. Bender could see decent run in his debut Sunday with Draymond Green (pelvis) sidelined and Marquese Chriss (calf) questionable.

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  • Warriors' Dragan Bender: Plans to ink 10-day with Warriors

    Bender is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Warriors on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Bender spent the first part of the season with the Bucks before being waived in early February. He saw 91 minutes across seven appearances, totaling 26 points, 20 rebounds, nine assists and five blocks. Given that the Warriors are far out of playoff contention, the organization is in a position to give Bender a chance.

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  • Dragan Bender: To be waived

    Bender will be waived by the Bucks in order to create roster space for Marvin Williams, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    The fourth-overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft will end his tenure with Milwaukee in unspectacular fashion. Bender struggled to find minutes in the Bucks' deep rotation and was held to 3.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 13.0 minutes across seven games. He was able to drill 44.4 percent of his threes, though the sample size was severely limited. Still just 22 years old, there's a good chance that another team could take a flier on the Croatian forward.

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  • Bucks' Dragan Bender: Heads to G League

    The Bucks assigned Bender to the G League's Wisconsin Herd on Thursday.

    Bender recently enjoyed a three-game run as the Bucks' backup center, but he dropped out of coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation entirely Tuesday, when Robin Lopez returned from an illness in a 151-131 win over The Wizards. Playing time will be scarce for Bender moving forward when Lopez and twin brother Brook are both available, so the 2016 first-round pick will head to the G League to get some meaningful run in a competitive environment. Expect him to play big minutes for the Herd in their game Thursday versus the College Park Skyhawks.

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  • Bucks' Dragan Bender: Exits rotation

    Bender (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Tuesday's 151-131 win over the Wizards.

    Bender had appeared in each of the past three games as the Bucks' backup center, but he dropped out of the rotation Tuesday with Robin Lopez (illness) back in action. The Bucks' propensity for blowing opponents out should open up more run for Bender than most third-string players around the league, though it'll be tough to put much stock in any garbage-time stats he puts up.

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  • Bucks' Dragan Bender: Plays 14 minutes in rout

    Bender saw 14 minutes of action off the bench in Monday's win over Chicago.

    The Bucks took a flier on Bender this summer, and he's yet to make much of an impact for what's been one of the healthier and more consistent rotations in the NBA. However, the absence of Robin Lopez (illness) of late has allowed Bender to see some minutes in three of the last four games. He played 21 minutes in wins over New York and Brooklyn, respectively, before Monday's game, which he finished with five points, three rebounds, two assists and one block. Once Lopez returns, expect Bender to return to a lesser role and plenty of DNPs.

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  • Bucks' Dragan Bender: Assigned to G League

    Bender (ankle) was assigned to the G League on Thursday and will be in uniform for Friday's game.

    Bender was dealing with a sprained ankle, but he'll get back out on the court in the G League on Friday. He's started six games with the Herd this season, averaging 20.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks.

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  • Bucks' Dragan Bender: Won't play Wednesday

    Bender (ankle) will remain out against Philadelphia on Wednesday.

    The Bucks' Christmas Day game will mark the 11th game in a row that Bender has missed as a result of his right ankle sprain. The 22-year-old has only appeared in three games for Milwaukee this season.

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  • Bucks' Dragan Bender: Remains out Sunday

    Bender (ankle) will remain out against Indiana on Sunday.

    The forward has not played since logging 13 minutes of action against New York on Dec. 2. Bender is currently averaging 5.0 points and 1.0 assist in just three appearances this season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 7-0, 249 lbs
Birthplace: Capljina, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Age: 26
Experience: 4